The Whoreification of Miley Cyrus

I turned on my media player on my computer recently to see an advertisement for Miley Cyrus. “Miley Cyrus, All Grown Up,” scrolled across her picture on my screen. The girl is only 17 years old, not all grown up by my standards. All sexed up would have been more accurate. Judging by her latest music video, though, I guess she thinks that one equals the other, even though it certainly does not.

What has happened to the little “Hannah Montana” star? What is it about young female Disney stars whoring themselves out in order to prove they’ve reached adulthood? Since when does having sex or being sexy qualify one as an adult? And, where is Billy Ray Cyrus? Too busy whoring out his daughter in order to rejuvenate and advance his own long-forgotten career?

I first took notice of the whorification of Miley Cyrus a couple of weeks ago when her new video debuted. The video for her song “Can’t Be Tamed” showed a provocatively dressed Cyrus as a caged animal, dancing as if she were in a club where dollar bills should be stuffed down a pair of crotch-less panties.

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest she said, “You know, no matter what all the dancers and the way that I was, you know, was dressed, my hair and make-up, yeah, it’s like a, yeah, it’s a gorgeous video. And that’s what it is. It is a sexy video. And, you know, you can’t really take that away from it, but it’s not the premise. It’s not like, ‘OK, what is your video about?’ ‘It’s about being sexy,” because that’s what a lot of videos are. That’s not what I wanted.”

A quick glance at the opening lyrics refutes that claim. The song starts, “For those who don’t know me, I can get a bit crazy. Have to get my way, 24 hours a day ‘cause I’m hot like that. Every guy everywhere just gives me mad attention. Like I’m under inspection. I always get the 10’s ‘cause I’m built like that. I go through guys like money flyin’ out their hands.”

Yes, please believe, parents of young “Hannah Montana” fans, this is not a song about sex or being sexy. It’s just about her getting “mad attention” from guys because she’s “hot like that” and going “through guys like money flyin’ out their hands.” Just what I’m sure you were hoping for your 17-year-old daughter to emulate.

During her performance of this song on “Britain’s Got Talent,” Miley faked making out with a girl, because being a lesbian is so avant-garde. And, she was so scantily clad for her performance of the song at the Much Music Awards, it would have made Britney Spears blush.

You remember Britney Spears, don’t you? One of the other Disney princesses who equated growing up with whoring it up as she broke from her formerly clean pop-tart image from her days on the “Mickey Mouse Club” to become the train-wrecked, divorced, single mom she is today? I wonder if that transformation had any effect on her little sister who was also a Disney star, until she got knocked up at the age of 16. I guess the answer to my question is a positive and that effect she had on her younger sister—and millions of other children who looked up to her as a role model—was a negative.

Being sexy and sexual are too different things, and neither of these should be the goal of a 17-year-old girl, especially one who has made millions off of her clean image, selling herself as a role model to millions of children and their parents. And, speaking of parents, where are her parents? Billy Ray needs to realize that his job is to be her father, not her pimp, no matter how much more he benefits from the latter.